Ju-Jitsu is a Japanese martial art of self-defence involving a range of techniques, including throwing, kicks, punches and locking techniques. At Kazoku we teach a comprehensive syllabus based on the techniques of traditional Ju-Jitsu, giving you a good grounding and the opportunity to progress to advanced levels of practice.
Different classes or lessons may concentrate on different aspects of Ju-Jitsu, with some dedicated to self-defence, competition, weapons or syllabus work. Due to the breadth of what we cover, we give you time in class to practice the particular areas that you most enjoy.
Through training in our style of Jikishin Ju-jitsu, you can:
Learn practical self-defence techniques
Improve your fitness and flexibility
Develop confidence and mental discipline
Learn a fun new skill, enjoy yourself and make some new friends!
We run classes for adults and children from the ages of 5-65+ in High Wycombe, Walters Ash, Maidenhead and Marlow. No previous experience is required, and you do not have to be fit, strong or flexible!
Kazoku students follow a grading syllabus that is highly comprehensive and designed with an excellent learning curve, leading the novice student up through each level, pushing them a little further at each stage. A new coloured belt is gained at each level. Grades concentrate on different aspects of the Ju-jitsu style. Find out more about the belt system and gradings.
The syllabus however, does not contain everything we learn at Kazoku. Rather, it is a guide to a students progress. Much of our time in each lesson is spent learning other techniques, or practising using various exercises. Some students also wish to train towards competitions.
The Jikishin Ju Jitsu syllabus covers these main areas:
Punches, kicks and strikes
Hold-downs and restraining techniques
Grappling on the ground (ground fighting)
Kata (pre-set series of moves)
Defence against single and multiple attackers
Defence against attacks with a bladed weapon or blunt instrument
Traditional Japanese/Okinawan weapons
Competition, in a variety of categories.
Before taking their first Dan grade (Black Belt) students are expected to perform 5 basic weapons kata (sets of moves). Before taking their first Dan grading, students must attend at least 3 Ko Budo training courses, and take their level 5 assessment.
Open hand kata are also learned, some of which are within the syllabus, and others are learned separately.
Training for competitions is a good way of really focusing concentration on the various aspects of Ju-jitsu.
Competition classes include:
Random Attacks – demonstration of defences against a range of attacks, performed with a partner
Groundwork – fighting on the ground
Continuous Fighting – standing sparring, grappling for throws, and groundwork, all in one
Open Hand and Weapons Kata – performance of a kata in front of judges
Pairs Demo – A free demonstration of Ju-jitsu with a partner, choreographed and practised in advance
Team Demo – At World championships, clubs or countries may enter a team demonstration, showcasing the best of their Ju-jitsu. Performed to music, and possibly including props and costume, team demonstrations are usually the ultimate event of the competition.
Many students enjoy entering competitions, and love the buzz of testing their skills in front of judges, or against an opponent. However, entering competitions is not compulsory, and some students prefer not to, although they may still enjoy going on courses and supporting the club team.
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